Susie Hamilton


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Year 2020
Medium Charcoal and pastel on paper
Dimensions 30 x 21.1 cm

About the work

During lockdown, I was contacted by consultant hepatologist and art collector, Peter Collins, who thought that images of doctors and patients in COVID wards would be interesting subjects for my work. He sent photographs from his hospital and I sourced more from TV. I found the isolation of medics in PPE and the defencelessness of patients in neon-lit settings inspirational. The images also appealed because of my preference for painting figures who are partly hidden; made into silhouettes, obscured by darkness or light or concealed by specialised coverings. Similar to my Polar Explorers and Astronauts, my doctors/nurses are metamorphosed through hoods, masks, visors and goggles. Some resemble hybrid creatures from the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, some are like 16/17th century plague doctors with their beaks and gowns, while others have an angelic quality with light shining from or bursting upon them.

← Mathew Hale


Susie Hamilton →


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